This is based on a true story, it happened to a friend of a friend of mine. (damn I loved that show)

This looks to be a very interesting and thought provoking look into what happens when you give people power that don’t know how to handle it. Not exactly sure the point the teachers of the experiement were trying to make here but they sure do look like a bunch of asses.

Here is the official synopsis:

What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment. Featuring an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT opens in the US on July 17 but you can see it on iTunes on July 24th